What is the role of the architecture of a museum? Are museums just about the interior display of art, or do they reveal currents in architecture? Walking through a museum, I can assume that their priorities are to display art well and provide a space that creates an aesthetic, educational experience for the visitor, while at the same time embody civic values and the idea of a socially engaged museum. Museums alarm many art world insiders when there is a move toward the spectacularization of the museum at the expense of traditional commitments to high art. Art critic Christopher Knight said, “when the museum itself becomes the event…art gets lost in the shuffle and the true purpose of the museum is betrayed.” However, critics champion museum architecture by architects such as Renzo Piano that allows total focus on the art. (more…)
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Posted in Misc., Museum Ethics, tagged Ann Beha, Beaux-Arts, Etienne-Louis Boullee, Frank Lloyd Wright, MOMA, museum architecture, New Britain Museum of American Art, The Dali Museum, The Guggenheim Museum on May 1, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Exhibitions, Upcoming Exhibitions, tagged American art, Art Nouveau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Comfort Tiffany, New Britain Museum of American Art, Stained Glass on April 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This post comes to us from Jenny Haskins, Curatorial Intern.
Art Nouveau (or “New Art”) was a brief, but significant movement occurring in the late-19th to early-20th centuries. It had a powerful influence on other movements, including Art Deco and Modernism. The spirit of Art Nouveau will visit the New Britain Museum’s McKernan Gallery when The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman replaces Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. The two exhibitions are appropriately sequenced since Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s (1864–1901) highly decorative lithographs are considered to have given way to the Art Nouveau movement, though the exact initial source is arguable and vague. Although I am sad to know that the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit will eventually come to an end, it is exciting that the work of an artist who was a major influence on the American Art Nouveau movement will be taking its place.
It is easy to recognize Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) as essential to the flourishing of American decorative arts during the turn of the 20th century. He was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812–1902), the founder of one of my favorite jewelers, Tiffany & Co. Although Tiffany worked closely with his father’s renowned company (he became the first design director of the company upon his father’s passing), his primary interest remained in art. Tiffany was a successful paintiner, not to mention a prolific designer of stained glass, lamps, mosaics, metal work, ceramics and jewelry. In 1885, he created Tiffany Studios, a glass manufacturing and design company that made lamps, stained glass windows and vases with the assistance of skillful designers and artisans. It wasn’t long before Tiffany became an international sensation.
Posted in Appropriation & Inspiration, Collection Highlights, Museum Ethics, tagged American art, Art Students League, Bryson Burroughs, Cincinnati, contemporary american art, curator, John Butler Talcott, Marcus White, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBMAA, New Britain Institute, New Britain Museum of American Art, Paul Cézanne, Prodigal Son, Puvis de Chavannes, Thomas Gainsborough on April 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Bryson Burroughs (1869-1934) worked as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 28 years in the early 20th century. During his time at the Met, he was responsible for their massive increase in American art holdings, in addition to numerous other achievements including the first acquisition for a public collection of a work by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). Burroughs’ curatorial decisions and influences were prominent in the advancement of the art market in the early 20th century. Interestingly, his ideas also had a major impact on the NBMAA’s decision to collect solely American art, with a focus on contemporary work.
Posted in Collection Highlights, Impressionism, New Acquisition, Press Releases, tagged Edmund Charles Tarbell, Eiffel Tower, Exposition Universelle 1889, Frank Benson, Impressionism, New Britain Museum of American Art, Paris, Storming of the Bastille, World's Fair 1889 on April 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Just a few days ago, the NBMAA purcahsed a full-scale, life-sized portrait of Emeline Arnold Souther (Mrs. Edmund Charles Tarbell.) Edmund Charles Tarbell painted this masterpiece early on in their relationship, in fact it was painted in the year they were married (1888) right before he became a teacher for several decades at the Boston Museum School. Mrs. T’s elegance and poise are a pristine example of Tarbell’s early career, transitioning from magazine illustrations to portraits. This painting was featured in the notable Exposition Universelle “World’s Fair” of 1889 in Paris. (more…)
Posted in Appropriation & Inspiration, Collection Highlights, Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Impressionism, tagged An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art, Claude Monet, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Giverny, Impressionism, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, New Britain Museum of American Art on March 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
One of the main artists featured in the upcoming exhibition An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art is Frederick Carl Frieseke. Born in Michigan, he studied at The Art Institute of Chicago beginning in 1893. Afterwards he went to the Art Students League in New York City in 1897, until he finally traveled to Paris in 1898. Abroad, he developed and refined his style. In Paris Frieseke studied at the Académie Julien and at the Académie Carmen under James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) for a brief period. (more…)
Posted in Museum Ethics, tagged Boston, Boston MFA, Carol Padberg, Crazy quilts, Museum Ethics, Museum expansion, Museum of Fine Arts, New Britain Museum of American Art on March 9, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Collection Highlights, Exhibitions, Illustration, tagged 150th anniversary of the Civil War, New Britain Museum of American Art, Prisoners From the Front, Skirmish in the Wilderness, Smithsonian American Art Museum, upcoming Civil War exhibition, Winslow Homer on March 8, 2011 | 1 Comment »
150 years ago this month, the American Civil War began four years of battle that claimed almost a million lives and led to the abolition of slavery. Not surprisingly, the war impacted artists and photographers, who produced shocking images that revealed scenes that were far from romanticized. Many people disapprove of remembering such a horrible event, demonstrated by the reaction certain works received at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Lincoln bicentennial commission. Despite the silence of many American art museums, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently organizing a survey of the war’s effects on American art that will open in November 2012, which will include works such as Winslow Homer’s Prisoner’s From the Front. Winslow Homer’s War-inspired works cannot be ignored, as many of them made his reputation. Not only did the they allow him to develop as an artist, but also his works had a great impact on citizens across the country. The NBMAA is proud to organize an exhibition in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. (more…)
Posted in Appropriation & Inspiration, Collection Highlights, New Acquisition, Press Releases, tagged Charles Willson Peale, Collection Highlights, Dr. Timothy McLaughlin, George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, New Britain Museum of American Art, Permanent Collection, Portraiture, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Jefferson on March 1, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Rembrandt Peale is known for his portraits of George Washington, one of which the New Britain Museum of American Art is delighted to have as a new acquisition this Presidents month. Rembrandt Peale is supposedly the last artist for whom Washington sat shortly preceding his death. Born in 1778 in Pennsylvania to the famous painter Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Rembrandt began drawing at age eight. His father tutored him in art and the natural sciences, and he produced his first self-portrait at age thirteen. Peale’s most talented area and source of financial mainstay was painting portraits that were solid, accurate, and straightforward. By 1795, he painted a portrait of George Washington that honestly spoke to the hero’s humanity. Peale greatly admired and was inspired by the work of Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), who is known for his Vaughan and Athenaeum portraits of the first President. (more…)
Posted in Collection Highlights, Contemporary Art, Current Exhibitions, Exhibition Tours, Exhibitions, New Acquisition, tagged Abstraction, Extension 1994, feeling, Hartford Art School, In Grace with Change 1989, intersection, New Britain Museum of American Art, pattern, Power Boothe, The Davis Gallery on February 23, 2011 | 1 Comment »